The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm,
illustrated by Bill Worthington, is an oracular system based on
the totem animals of Druidry. 33 full-colour cards (and three spares)
are accompanied by a 176pp hardback book and divination cloth. The
book gives a wealth of folklore, myth and interpretations for each
animal and gives both oracular spreads and ways of working with
power animals that can act as guides, allies and healers.
"Rich with vivid symbolic references, the cards have a depth
and elegance that subtly draws the eye in to reveal detail. More
than a reference, this work embodies reverence. It establishes a
foundation and framework of understanding. A doorway to other dimensions.
" The Druid’s Progress Magazine.
From Frank McEowen's review on Amazon.com:
"Anything can be a divination system, but if you are going
to work with one it might as well be beautiful and a way of learning
knowledge and lore you are seeking to know. I purchased The
Druid Animal Oracle the first year it came out and continue
to recommend it to people who are wanting to learn more about
the totemic dimensions of the Druid traditions. Philip Carr-Gomm,
Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, and
his lovely wife Stephanie, Scribe of OBOD, have applied their
usual skill, creativity, and psychologically sophisticated lens
to a realm that deserves such a treatment: our animal allies.
The suggested readings--which are applicable to other oracles
and divination systems--have an interesting way of tapping into
the undercurrent of the waking dream, while the artistic vision
of Bill Worthington who created the paintings for the DAO has
presented the animals/animal spirits in a fashion that truly
transmits their essence and the perennial essence of the Druid
spirit. Part of this is the result of his ingenious representation
of the animals according to the principle of the Golden Mean,
with each animal's eye falling in the same exact position on
each card. Some of the other imagery represented in the cards
expresses quite well the megalithic inheritance of the Celtic
lands--all of which were constructed by pre-Celtic peoples--yet
which became holy sites to the incoming Celts and our "medicine
people", the Druids.
Overall, the combination of spotless artistry combined with well-researched
background history on each animal in the various Celtic traditions
results in a beautiful tool for the modern seeker to learn about
the sacred animals of the Druid tradition."
card samples and read an in-depth review by Janet Boyer
card samples and read excerpts from the book